After a shitty end to 2021 where all of our Christmas games were postponed for Covid, we welcome in 2022 with a football match! We host Newport County at The Banks’s Stadium where we hope to seal our first back-to-back wins of the campaign.
The Exiles are now managed by James Rowberry, formerly a coach at Cardiff City, who stepped into the hot seat in October following the departure of former gaffer, Michael Flynn who had been there for around 4 years after originally keeping them in the Football League.
Newport County head into this game 8th in League Two with 34 points from their 22 games played, with the 6th best away record in the league having P12, W4, D4, L4 of those away games.
After having so many games called off as a result of them having players testing positive for Covid-19, I’ll give predicting their team a miss, but they do of course have former Saddlers James Clarke and Cameron Norman in their ranks, with the former scoring past us in the meeting at Rodney Parade earlier in the season.
Newport County’s last six results:
20th Nov - Swindon Town (H) - Lost 2-1
23rd Nov - Crawley Town (A) - Drew 1-1
26th Nov - Colchester United (A) - Drew 1-1
7th Dec - Sutton United (H) - Won 3-2
11th Dec - Port Vale (H) - Won 2-1
18th Dec - Rochdale (A) - Lost 3-0
Onto The Saddlers now and Matt Taylor’s side haven’t played a game since 11th December, where we beat Colchester United 3-0. It seems so long ago, so a lot has changed since then naturally, and with the lack of real communication from the club I wonder who, if any, of our players may have tested positive for Covid, or is perhaps going to be missing tomorrow as a result of that.
Going into the game we have the positive news that the club are looking to sign Otis Khan to a longer deal, whilst Rory Holden would appear to have another 3 weeks worth of training in his legs, so could we perhaps see him make a long-awaited appearance back in the squad, on the bench?
Again, it’s been a while so I’m not going to try predicting our team, but you would hope that providing everyone is fit and well it would be the same starting XI as the last time we made it on to the field. Hopefully this break has done us well in terms of preparation, and coupled with the fact that Covid may have affected Newport negatively I would hope that we can get the three points in this game.
Of course, Manny Monthe will be missing for the foreseeable. See the Manny Monthe thread for more information. On second thoughts, probably don’t.
How many of you off here are going? Alternatively, how many of you have decided that you can’t be bothered? Interested to hear.
Anyway, signing off for 2021 now, lets hope our Walsall boys can kick off 2022 with a BANG!
COME ON ME BABBIES - UP THE SADDLERS!
- Walsall Win
- Newport County Win